Heritage of Innovation: Bob Metcalfe

bobmetcalfe You may not realize it, but the work of Bob Metcalfe affects many aspects of your life. Whether it’s how you collaborate with co-workers, share data between all the devices in your house – or just want to host a LAN party, Bob’s work is everywhere. While an engineer-scientist (1965-1979), Metcalfe helped pioneer the Internet. In 1973, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he invented Ethernet, the local-area networking (LAN) standard on which he shares four patents. Since then, he founded the 3Com Corporation, helmed IDG’s InfoWorld and currently serves as the General Partner of Polaris Ventures.

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